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KDOT Lettings: August 2021

Here are the projects up for letting on August 18.

Federal-Aid

89 TE 0494-01: New shared-use path along the north side of SW 10th Street between Wanamaker Road and Robinson Avenue in Topeka

15 C 4966-01: Major collector signage update in Cloud County. One special sign: “U.P. Bridge”

59 TE 0493-01: New shared-use path along the north side of Northview Avenue from the Meadowlark Trail to Main Street in McPherson. Old US 81 at Northview to be closed during a portion of the project. The Detour via Main Street is marked as K-153 detour; however, the detoured section of old US 81 is not part of K-153

30 TE 0482-01: Sidewalk update near Keokuk (K-68) and Main (old US 59) in Ottawa

106 KA 6095-01: Signage upgrade on the state highways in Miami County except for K-68 between US 169 and US 69. Includes replacement of the roundabout signage at K-68 and Old KC Road.

50-24 KA 6251-01: Mill and HMA overlay between the Ford/Edwards county line and Kinsley

54-88 KA 2385-01: New 4-lane alignment of US 54 just east of Liberal. Removal of the County Road 6 and County Road M intersection, a new frontage road on the southeast side of US 54 connecting County Road M to County Road 7, and a new Weigh Station between County Road 7 and County Road )

Federal-Aid, Local Projects

72 C 4991-01: Replacement of this bridge on 170th Road over Pipe Creek northeast of Minneapolis

Non-FA:

70-85 KA 6208-01: PCCP patching on I-70 from Niles Road to the Saline/Dickinson County line.

18-71 KA 6205-01: Chip seal on K-18 in Osborne County
18-84 KA 6206-01: Chip seal on K-18 from the Osborne/Russell County line to US 281

18-82 KA 6276-01: Chip seal on K-18 from Plainville to the Rooks/Osborne County line

36-20 KA 6269-01: Chip seal from Oberlin to Norcatur

160-4 KA 6139-01: Right of way cleanup on US 160 from the Comanche/Barber County line to 3 miles west of Medicine Lodge.

183-106 KA 6168-01 Crack sealing on US 183 from Greensburg to Kinsley

96-51 KA 6203-01: Chip seal on K-96 from Dighton to the Lane/Ness County Line

54-106 KA 6272-01: Crack sealing on US 54 from the Meade/Clark County line to K-34 in Clark and Ford Counties

94-106 KA 6273-01: Crack sealing on the entire length of K-94 in Clark and Ford Counties.

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local politics

Kansas Supreme Court disbars a KC-area adoption attorney

You can read the full opinion on the Kansas Supreme Court website.

In short, this attorney represented adoptive couples. In two cases, the biological father of the child asserted a desire to take custody. The attorney filed motions to terminate the father’s parental rights, claiming they abandoned the child and/or failed to provide support to the mother after finding out that the mother was pregnant. However, in both cases, the father was unaware of the pregnancy until after the child was born, and only days before the petition to terminate the parental rights of the father was filed.

In one of these cases, the father appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court, which reversed the lower courts and ordered the district court to make arrangements to transfer custody of the child to his biological father. The other case was reversed by the Court of Appeals, citing the first case in doing so.

The Attorney preemptively notified the Disciplinary Administrator of the Supreme Court’s opinion. The Supreme Court also transmitted the opinion to the Disciplinary Administrator.

The Disciplinary Administrator recommended an 18-month suspension, while a panel of the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys recommended a six-month suspension. In rejecting the lesser penalties, the Supreme Court stated:

In effect, respondent used the legal process to traffic children. It is not hyperbole to put the matter this starkly, and we can think of no breach of trust more significant or damaging than this. Our legal system depends on the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, truthfulness, and trustworthiness of our lawyers. […] A lawyer cannot come back from a breach of trust so grave. The confidence of the public and the sanctity of the rule of law can only be protected and preserved by meting out the most serious sanction available to us — disbarment.

In Kansas, a disbarred attorney may petition to be reinstated after five years. While there is no mechanism for the Kansas Supreme Court to prohibit an attorney from petitioning for reinstatement, the above quote would indicate that the Supreme Court is prejudiced against reinstatement.

He is also on the bar in Missouri. It would be interesting to see if the Missouri Supreme Court will choose to order a “reciprocal disbarment” or give him one of the suggested lesser sanctions.

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highways

KDOT Lettings: June 2021

KDOT’s June lettings occurred on June 16, with some of the approved bids announced on June 22. The approved bids announced on June 22 will be noted in red.

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highways

KDOT Lettings: May 2021

The May project lettings mostly consist of maintenance projects, with a few bridge replacements.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced in press releases on June 10 and June 22. The approved bids announced on June 10 will be noted in red. The approved bids announced on June 22 will be noted in blue.

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highways

KDOT Lettings: July 2021

The July lettings include a couple of major projects.

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highways

KDOT Lettings: April 2021

KDOT has announced the projects that will be up for letting on April 21.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced in a press release on May 18. The approved bids announced on May 18 will be noted in red.

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highways

KDOT Lettings: March 2021

Here are the projects that are being let at the March 2021 KDOT letting.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount. KDOT did not put out a press release with the awarded bids for the March letting, but did put out one for the April letting on May 18 which included awarded bids for March. Most of the bids were published on their websiteThe approved bids found on the website will be noted in red. The approved bids announced in the May 18 press release will be noted in blue.

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highways

KDOT Lettings: February 2021

Included in the February lettings are two major construction projects in south-central Kansas.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced by KDOT in releases on March 10. The approved bids announced on March 10 will be noted in red.

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General

KLWN’s 70th Birthday

Today is the 70th Birthday of KLWN. During this morning’s broadcast, my name and this website was dropped. So, if you came here to see the history of KLWN, you can find it here.

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highways

KDOT Lettings: January 2021

The inauguration of President-elect Biden is not the only thing scheduled for January 20. It will also be the scheduled day for the monthly KDOT lettings. Included in the January lettings are several bridge replacements and signage upgrades, as well as a new roundabout in Kansas City.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced by KDOT in releases on February 5. The approved bids announced on February 5 will be noted in red.